2017-2018 PRIVATE MUSIC LESSON FACULTY
Brent Selby – Cello Instructor
Brent Selby was born and raised on a cotton farm on the coastal plains of North Carolina. At the age of 12, Brent found his way to the cello through a special program on PBS that featured Dvorak's Cello Concerto. After making his way to Boston, Brent studied with Natasha Brofsky at the New England Conservatory of Music and with Mela Tenenbaum through her private studio. Since graduation, he served as founding principal cellist on the Video Game Orchestra, a Boston-based ensemble credited for popularizing a new genre of concert music. At the same time, he shared his love of playing cello with students of the Franklin String School where he currently teaches. He has created arrangements for both his students and ensembles he performs with, including the Franklin Cello Choir and the New England String Quartet, who he performs with regularly. His favorite performances include playing a duo with Bernadette Peters, soloing at Symphony Hall, and anytime he performs cello duos with his wife, Jackie Ludwig Selby.
CLARINET / SAXOPHONE
Rich Labedz – Saxophone and Clarinet Instructor (1 of 2)
Rich Labedz has a bachelor’s degree in both music education and saxophone performance from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also has a master’s degree in saxophone performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Rich is a career music educator, having previously taught in the Franklin Public Schools and currently teaches in the Newton and Wellesley Public Schools. He is passionate about saxophone and excited to start teaching again in Franklin!
Doug Dufresne—Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor (2 of 2)
Doug Dufresne is the middle school Band Director for the Medway Public Schools. More info coming soon!
Lori Halt – Flute Instructor
Lori Halt received her master's degree in musical performance from Boston University's School for the Arts and her bachelor's degree in musical performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with celebrated flutist, Timothy Day. She performed regularly with several orchestral and chamber groups while in CA, and was invited to perform with the Luzern Symphony in Switzerland for the country's 700th anniversary celebration. Lori is currently a performing member of the Claflin Hill Symphony, Claflin Hill Summer Winds, Chaminade Opera and the Charles River Sinfonietta. As a freelancer, she has performed extensively throughout New England with ensembles including the Plymouth Philharmonic, Falmouth Chorale, Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus, Taunton Festival Orchestra and several musical production companies. She also performs as solo flutist at the St. Ignatius Cathedral at Boston College.
Kevin Martins – French Horn Instructor
Kevin Martins is a Horn player with degrees in Psychology, Philosophy, Music Education and Horn Performance from Bristol Community College as well as the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He currently works in Blackstone and Millville where he teaches middle school band, high school jazz, beginning band, and the two-time National Champion Blackstone Millville Regional Marching Band. Mr. Martins resides with his wife Shannan, his daughter Leora, and his son Kellen in Medway, Massachusetts. In his free time, Mr. Martins enjoys fly fishing, disc golf and photography.
GUITAR / ELECTRIC GUITAR / UKULELE
Anna Freitas — Guitar Instructor
Anna has over fifteen years of experience teaching music. She specializes in private guitar lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. Anna believes in building a strong foundation of basic musical skills through the study of songs. Students will develop the ability to play basic rhythms in time, read music notation, become focused listeners, and eventually be able to play along with the recordings of the songs that they love. In addition to performing, studying music, and being a Mom to a young daughter, Anna truly enjoys working with kids of all ages teaching private lessons. She feels great satisfaction in knowing she had helps encourage an interest in music for a student, whichever direction it may take.
LOW BRASS (Baritone, Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba)
Chip Halt – Low Brass Instructor
Chip Halt began his musical career at age seven with the piano. Over the years, he moved on to trumpet, trombone, and bass trombone, before finding his home with the lowest of brass instruments, the tuba. He quickly won recognition, performing the Vaughan Williams Concerto for Tuba with the Phoenix Symphony while in his junior year of high school. In the past ten years, Chip has played in Canada, Europe, Asia and most of the United States with a number of chamber groups, orchestras and as soloist. In addition to performing, Chip has given clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States. He is the Principal Tuba with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. Along with his duties with Brass Venture, he maintains a busy schedule of private teaching, solo appearances and performing with various ensembles throughout New England.
We're sorry, but we no longer offer oboe instruction.
Hans Morrison – Percussion Instructor
Hans Morrison is a freelance percussionist performing with many different ensembles including the Boston Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, and Rhode Island Philharmonic. He enjoys teaching percussion in the Lifelong Music Academy programs (Band School of Franklin and Private Music Lesson program) because of the students. He says, “Each year I get to teach students with an eagerness to learn. I am also a resident of Franklin and like to help support the music program in the schools with my teaching.”
Juan Mesa – Piano Instructor
Juan A. Mesa began his early musical training in his native city of Puerto Montt in Chile. He studied piano and guitar, later joining the Valdivia Conservatory as a piano student of Ximena Cabello. Juan immigrated to the US in 2001, and obtained the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and composition from Western Connecticut State University in 2005. He later completed his Master of Music degree in organ performance and early music at Indiana University. Juan has performed solo recitals across the US and Canada, as well as in Chile and Argentina, and has collaborated with many groups, including the Indiana-based Exordium Baroque Ensemble, MYRIAM ensemble of Boston, and the award-winning University of Notre Dame’s Children’s Choirs. Juan is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Music Theory department at Indiana University, and for 6 years he led the multigenerational music program at St. Mary's church in Holliston, MA. He now lives in Hudson, MA with his wife Michela and their dog Barbudo, and in his free time he enjoys hiking, traveling, and surfing the New England skies onboard his favorite airplane, the Piper PA-28.
Julie Signa – Trumpet Instructor
Julie Signa is the general music teacher and chorus director at Bellingham Memorial School, in Bellingham, MA. She teaches trumpet for the after-school beginning band program in Franklin, MA. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She studied trumpet with Joe Foley and voice with Susan Rodgers. She was a member of the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, and Rhode Island College Chorus. As a member of the Rhode Island College Chorus, she toured Germany and Prague under the direction of Dr. Teresa Coffman. She plays with the American Band as a member of the trumpet section.
Steven Sergi – Violin/Viola Instructor
Violist Steven Sergi began his musical journey at eight years old in Franklin, Massachusetts. Under the tutelage of Don Krishnaswami, Steven served as principal violist for the Boston Youth Symphony Repertory Orchestra, the Metrowest Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Franklin Repertory Orchestra.
Steven continued his studies at the Boston Conservatory. In 2014 Steven received his Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. As a freelance musician in the Boston area he performs regularly with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony and is a founding member of the Glenside Quartet. As a passionate teacher, Steven is a strong advocate of natural and artistic playing supported by good physical posture and technique.
Jill Noddin – Voice Instructor (1 of 2)
Mrs. Noddin studied music at the University of Massachusetts, where she was involved in the University chamber choir and concert choir. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Music. After graduating, Mrs. Noddin took classes at the New England Conservatory, including opera studies, art song, IPA, diction and audition techniques. She has performed as a choral member with Chorus Pro Musica, and was chosen to sing with the Boston Philharmonic performing Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”. Mrs. Noddin continues to work as a professional soloist in the Boston area. In addition to offering private voice lessons, she also holds audition technique seminars, group voice lessons, and directs a small community chorus in Franklin, MA. Jill Noddin is currently a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Bethany Condon — Voice Instructor (2 of 2)
Originally from Rhode Island, Bethany Condon, soprano, graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. She has taught voice for the past decade to students of all ages, styles and backgrounds from three years old to seniors focusing on healthy vocal technique, presentation and audition skills and music theory. Bethany’s students have successfully participated in several vocal competitions such as the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), MetroWest Opera Vocal Competition and the Peter Elvins Vocal Competition. Her students have gone on to being cast in lead roles with schools and community theatres. Bethany has maintained a private home voice studio in Foxboro for the past 11 years and has previously been on the adjunct faculties of Braintree School of Continuing Ed After School Music Conservatory and Brimmer & May School in Chestnut Hill.